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ShelterBox responded to the 2015 Nepal earthquake which occurred at 11:56 NST on April 25 with a magnitude of 7.8. Its epicenter was the village of Barpak, Gorkha district, and its hypocenter was at a depth of approximately 15 km (9.3 mi).


Nepal Earthquake 2015
 
Nepal Earthquake 2015

It was the most powerful disaster to strike Nepal since the 1934 Nepal-Bihar earthquake. Tremors were felt as far away as Delhi in India. 2.8 million people were reported to be in need of humanitarian assistance.
 
 
Second quake: On May 12, the 7.3 magnitude earthquake hit the town of Namche Bazar, near Mount Everest at 7:05 am. Just like the first disaster two weeks earlier, this quake could be felt as far away as Delhi and was followed by two smaller quakes of 5.6 and 6.3 magnitudes (Source: www.GDACS.org).
 
ShelterBox Response Team member Peter Pearce gave a frightening description, "The ground under us moved so violently that it was like being in a boat rolling around in a large sea, it lasted for over a minute ... then another aftershock."
 
Hundreds of thousands of people were made homeless with entire villages flattened. Centuries-old buildings were destroyed at UNESCO World Heritage sites in the Kathmandu Valley and continued aftershocks occurred throughout the reigon.
 
The original earthquake triggered an avalanche on Mount Everest, killing at least 19, making it the deadliest day on the mountain in history.
 
To date, ShelterBox has commited aid to more than 15,000 families, delivering tented shelter and other vital items needed in the course of recovery. 
 
 
Thanks to the generosity of our donors, we have maintained our commitment to those affected. While the ShelterBox is still at the heart of what we do, today, our work continues in developing new shelter solutions to meet the evolving needs of the affected communities. 
 
Families in remote areas, who have completely lost their homes, were provided with tents, while shelter kits (pictured below) were distributed to people living in urban areas. The kits, which contain tarpaulins, rope and essential tools for building, can be used to help clear rubble, to make temporary shelters and to repair damaged homes. 
Shelter Kit
Tents that were prepositioned in country from the 2014 flooding repsponse were immediately distributed to area hospitals in Kathmandu that had been badly damaged and to temporary medical facilities in Sindhupalchok. 

ShelterBox already had 72 ShelterBoxes in Kathmandu when the earthquake struck, as it had responded to flooding and landslides in Nepal last Autumn. The tents from those boxes were used as outdoor clinic space in four Kathmandu hospitals, and in Chautara. Three cosignments of aid were distributed that included 500 UN-spec tents and 2,726 shelter kits -- enough aid for over 15,000 people. Our response teams succeeded in providing shelter to almost 1,000 people in remote communities in the mountainous district of Sindhupalchok, despite almost impassible roads and heavy storms.

Additionally, nine SchoolBoxes were provided to affected communities. Each SchoolBox contains enough teaching resources for 50 children, including pens, paper, math sets, chalk and a wind-up radio.
 
ShelterBox established partnerships with fellow aid agencies Handicap International (HI), the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the Agency for Technical Cooperation and Development, (ACTED), to ensure that aid will reach as many communities as possible.

22 ShelterBox response team members were sent from all over the world: USA, UK, Canada, New Zealand and Australia

The ShelterBox teams worked within the cluster system, trying to stay ahead of the imminent threat of monsoon season.

ShelterBox response in Nepal
ShelterBox response team member Nicola Hinds with Geeta Shrestha, Nursing Director at one of the Kathmandu hopsitals that have received ShelterBox tents. (Phil Duloy/ShelterBox)


ShelterBox Chief Executive Alison Wallace says, "ShelterBox responded rapidly to this disaster, and had the practical advantage of having some aid already in the country, which had an instant use to create extra hospital space. Kathmandu brings its own challenges, and now our teams are working with colleague charities on plans to get to the hardest-to-reach mountain communities. The flow of incoming aid is getting faster, and we now have substantial stock already in country, and much more on the way."
 
"This is a truly international operation through to our multi-country response volunteers on the ground, working with a cluster of partner organisations from all over the world. Every arm of ShelterBox is being flexed – our overseas affiliates, our donors from around the world, our big-hearted supporters, our tireless volunteers."
 
"This organization runs on generosity and compassion, and we are seeing both on a grand scale in our response to the Nepal earthquake. I want to thank everyone involved for their time and energy, and donations, which will be needed for many weeks to come." 


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BY THE NUMBERS: 


• 7.8 magnitude quake, most powerful disaster to strike Nepal since the 1934 Nepal-Bihar earthquake.

• Second quake, 7.3 magnitude, struck two weeks later, followed by numerous aftershocks.
 
• 2.8 million people affected, 1.1 million estimated to be children. More than 864,000 live in hard-to-reach mountain communities.

• 505,745 buildings destroyed,  279,330 damaged.
 
• Death toll is roughly 8,700 with 17,000 injured..

• Thirty of 75 districts were hit, 16 of them severely.

• Tremors were felt as far away as Delhi, India.

• Earthquake triggered an avalanche on Mount Everest, killing at least 19, making it the deadliest day on the mountain in history.




MEDIA INQUIRIES:


Chris Alexander
Office: (941) 907-6036 ext. 102
Mobile: (941) 993-9000
Email Chris
 
• View disaster images via Flickr

 


SHELTERBOX RESPONSE BRIEFS:
 

Royal Gurkha Rifles join forces with ShelterBox 

ShelterBox volunteer eyewitness account: "More often than not I have been awoken by villagers running out and screaming rather than by the tremor itself"

Shelter for more than 15,000 people in Nepal


Helping isolated communities despite second deadly quake

‘Trying to dig their lives out of the rubble’

Forbes interview about ShelterBox repsonse in Nepal

Flooding and landslides could follow Nepal’s deadly earthquake

Tents and adaptable shelter kits arrive in Nepal
 
Video: ‘The destruction is totally overwhelming’
 
"Each village wondering if this helicopter might be for them, if it was their turn.’ - Nepal’s mountain communities look to the skies as ShelterBox helps fly in aid
 
"At times we wonder, where do you start?" ShelterBox team in the rural villages of Nepal
 
Live update from Nepal via The Weather Channel
 
First ShelterBox aid distributed to hospitals in Kathmandu
 
Millions of people urgently need shelter in Nepal as temperatures plummet
 
Rotary supports ShelterBox’s work in Nepal
 
ShelterBox team heads to Nepal following 7.8 magnitude earthquake